Accident Hughes 500C (369HS) D-HDWM, 08 Aug 2010
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Time:15:39 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic H500 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Hughes 500C (369HS)
Owner/operator:Günter Zimmer
Registration: D-HDWM
MSN: 73-0498S
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Borovaya Airfield (UMMB), near Minsk -   Belarus
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Borovaya Airfield - UMMB
Destination airport:Boravaya Airfield - UMMB
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
The Hughes 369HS crashed and caught fire after performing a looping at Borovaya Airfield (UMMB), during the CIS Helicopter Sports Open Cup 2010. It came down a few hundred metres from the spectators.
The german pilot (74) was killed and the helicopter was destroyed by fire.

3. CONCLUSION (translated from Russian)
An accident with a HUGHES 369 HS D-HDWM helicopter occurred during aerobatics at international helicopter competitions. The results of the study of the structural elements of the helicopter, the engine and their systems, the location of the wreckage, as well as the dynamic nature of the mechanical damage to the helicopter indicate that the helicopter, engine and their systems were operational in flight, the helicopter collapsed and caught fire as a result of a collision with the earth's surface. The cause of the accident with the HUGHES 369 HS D-HDWM helicopter was a mistake in the pilot's technique of helicopter piloting, which led to a helicopter collision with the earth's surface, due to a combination of the following unfavorable factors: the pilot's neglect of elevated air temperature, which affected the aerodynamic characteristics of the rotor and engine traction characteristics ; erroneous actions of the pilot when performing aerobatics in a vertical plane; possible hit of the helicopter in the “vortex ring” mode on the descending part of the flight path of the aerobatics.

Sources: (accident video) (photo)


Revision history:

09-Aug-2010 03:18 TB Added
09-Aug-2010 03:25 TB Updated [Registration, Departure airport, Destination airport]
09-Aug-2010 06:09 RoebrtMB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
10-Aug-2012 14:01 harro Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]
03-May-2020 10:03 KagurazakaHanayo Updated [Narrative]
04-May-2020 06:26 KagurazakaHanayo Updated [Source]

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